Ford's Nav vs. iPhone - 2009 Ford Flex Limited Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: Ford's Nav vs. iPhone

March 01, 2010


I recently got an iPhone and like every other new iPhone user, I am convinced it's the best thing ever, and always the best option for any task. Ok so maybe I over stated a little, but I have been impressed with the GPS and map functions of my iPhone. This weekend when I had our Ford Flex I decided to do a little comparison test. On one side my iPhone and on the other Ford's navigation. Obviously the OEM system starts with a lot of advantages, it's got a bigger screen, it's mounted in the dash, and it can give audible cues. (Some iPhone apps may do this too, mine does not)

Round one was Saturday night. The goal was a route from my house to an art gallery about 25 miles away. I will admit the tech geek in me wanted the iPhone to win, but with all of its disadvantages I thought that would be unlikely. The Ford made it easy for the iPhone and claimed that no such address existed. Round two was Sunday afternoon but unfortunately for the Ford the result was much the same, once again the Ford claimed the address I was looking for didn't exist. In both cases my iPhone had no problem finding the address and providing an adequate route. And before you ask, no, neither of these were new buildings; both were around when the Flex's nav was programmed.

So the iPhone is obviously better right? I'm not sure I would go that far but I would say that it is probably time for our Ford Flex to get a software upgrade for the nav system.

Seth Compton, Field Producer @ 50,862 miles

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